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Lot and his Daughters

Artist:
Follower of Leonhard Kern (German, Forchtenberg, Hohenlohe 1588–1662 Schwäbisch Hall)
Date:
17th century
Culture:
German
Medium:
Spindlewood
Dimensions:
Height: 7 5/16 in. (18.6 cm)
Classification:
Sculpture-Miniature
Credit Line:
The Friedsam Collection, Bequest of Michael Friedsam, 1931
Accession Number:
32.100.216
Not on view
After their home in Sodom was destroyed, Lot and his two daughters fled to the mountains, where the girls concluded that their only hope of procreating was with their own father (Genesis 19:30-38). This group shows one of them plying him with wine to achieve her goal; her sister turns away in shame. The scene was popular with artists, its scandalous nature being justified by its biblical source. Like the nearby Standing Woman, this work is carved from a soft wood; its generalized details differ from those of the more incisively cut boxwood sculpture of Christ at the Column beside it.
Inscription: On underside:a seal composed of initials J and S with a coronet
Michael Friedsam (until 1931; bequeathed to MMA)
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